Receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy has many benefits such as helping to reduce back pain and preparing the expecting mother for an easier labor and birth.
How does chiropractic care during the early stages of pregnancy benefit a pregnant woman?
Dr. Scott Gardner: During the early stages of pregnancy, the body is producing a hormone that causes ligament laxity. This can cause back pain, neck pain, wrist pain, and leg pain. Chiropractic care can help by maintaining proper spinal alignment, and extremity joint alignment as well.
Back pain is very common in pregnant women. How does a chiropractor help alleviate it?
Dr. Scott Gardner: As the baby begins to grow, the tendency is for the woman to compensate by leaning back. This overcompensation will increase the curve in the lower back, leading to back pain. Chiropractic care helps by maintaining proper spinal alignment and keeping pressure off of the nerves that cause pain.
What is the Webster Technique, and at what point in the pregnancy would that be performed on the expecting mother?
Dr. Scott Gardner: The Webster Technique is a general technique that aligns the pelvis and soft tissue release of associated muscle groups. It is performed after the 32nd week of pregnancy when the baby typically is in the breech position.
Could you please explain how chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can contribute to a smoother and less complicated birth and delivery?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Not only can routine chiropractic help decrease the pain in your back, hips, and joints, it can also establish pelvic balance that can provide the baby with as much space as possible over the course of pregnancy. This may lead to a faster, easier labor, and better recovery for mom.
Can receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy help the mom’s body recover faster after the baby’s birth during the postpartum phase?
Dr. Scott Gardner: Yes, along with taking care to maintain good nutrition, exercise, and rest throughout pregnancy, the more diligent the person is throughout the process, the quicker the body will be able to recover from the demand of pregnancy and delivery. I can tell you firsthand, my oldest daughter was born on Christmas Eve, and we were at Christmas dinner with her.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Scott Gardner visit www.gardnerfamilychiro.com or call 973-614-9256 to schedule an appointment.